Chandra visited Raja’s office: 2G case witness (Lead)January 4th, 2012 - 11:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) Aseervartham Achary, ex-aide of jailed former communications minister A. Raja, Wednesday told a special court hearing the 2G case that Unitech’s Sanjay Chandra, a co-accused in the 2G case, used to visit the office of his former boss.
Testifying as a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) witness, Achary told Special Judge O.P. Saini that he had never said that Chandra used to meet Raja.
“But I said that Chandra used to visit Raja’s office,” Achary told the court during cross-examination by Chandra’s counsel R.S. Cheema.
Achary said that he had carefully read his statement deposed before magistrate, wherein he had not stated about any visit of Chandra either to the office or to the residence of Raja during his stint in the ministry of environment and forests.
“I do not know if in the fag end of the investigation, the CBI decided to falsely implicate Chandra. It is wrong to suggest that in this, I became a willing tool in the hands of the CBI and owned up a tailor-made statement,” Achary said.
He denied suggestion of defence counsel that he deposed falsely and introduced the name of Chandra, DB Reality’s Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka to falsely implicate them in the case.
He denied that his statement was made after being tutored by the probe agency.
Achary said that he do not know as to why a junior official (like him) was called by Raja instead of a senior official for writing letters to prime minister Nov 2, 2007.
He added that he was not able to recollect if Raja had any discussion with the finance minister and the external affairs minister.
Achary was cross examined by co-accused and Raja’s former aide R.K. Chandolia, Chandra and Balwa. His cross examination by Goenka would continue Thursday.
According to the government auditor, the 2G scam allegedly masterminded by Raja pertained to a biased distribution of mobile airwaves and operating licences, in lieu of kickbacks, to telecom firms that could have cost the treasury up to Rs.1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue.
Nineteen individuals and six companies are accused in the case. Except for Raja and Behura, all other arrested accused have been released on bail.
- Chandra visited Raja's office: 2G case witness - Jan 04, 2012
- No threat to support CBI's 2G case: Raja's ex-aide (Lead) - Jan 03, 2012
- 2G: Raja concludes cross examination of ex-aide (Lead) - Jan 02, 2012
- 2G: Cross examination of Raja's ex-aide concludes (Lead) - Jan 05, 2012
- 2G: Witness can't recall Raja favour for Balwa firm (Lead) - Dec 20, 2011
- 2G: Raja concludes cross examination of ex-aide - Jan 02, 2012
- Raja visited Kanimozhi's Delhi house: Ex-aide - Jan 03, 2012
- Achary a false witness created by CBI: Raja's counsel (Lead) - Dec 23, 2011
- Raja's counsel terms Achary untruthful - Dec 23, 2011
- Raja hatched 2G conspiracy: Former aide (Lead) - Dec 19, 2011
- 2G: Witness can't recall Raja favour for Balwa firm - Dec 20, 2011
- Trial starts in high-profile telecom airwaves case (Roundup) - Nov 11, 2011
- 2G case: Ex-official denies deposing falsely - Sep 11, 2012
- CBI witnesses' statements made court frame 2G charges - Oct 23, 2011
- 2G case: Shahid Balwa gets bail, Chandolia's plea pending (Second Lead) - Nov 29, 2011
Tags: 2g, cbi witness, central bureau of investigation, chandra, cheema, cross examination, defence counsel, external affairs minister, fag end, finance minister, government auditor, ministry of environment, ministry of environment and forests, raja, shahid, special judge, telecom firm, unitech, vinod, writing letters